Qatar Provides Income Generating Projects In Somalia
Qatar Charity (QC) launched hundreds of income-generating projects in Gaza and Somalia last year and early this year to support 872 families in Gaza and Somalia by providing them with permanent sources of income with the support of philanthropists in Qatar.
Director of Qatar Charity Office in the Gaza Strip Mohammed Abu Haloub said that 148 Palestinian families have benefited from the income-generating projects implemented by Qatar Charity at a cost of QR1.4 million the last year in order to ease economic and social pressures on poor families.
He added that the Qatar Charity Office, since the beginning of 2018, has started the implementation of 137 income-generating projects in various areas of the Gaza Strip to contribute to the transition from the sponsorship level to the development stage.
“Qatar Charity aims, through the implementation of these projects, at contributing to improving the family income and increasing self-reliance, as well as contributing to enhancing the positive community perception towards the productive families,” he added.
Abu Haloub said that 148 families (1,036 individuals) of those sponsored by Qatar Charity within its social welfare and sponsorship programme benefited from the projects, which were implemented in coordination with several local and government institutions.
He added that a number of families in Gaza Strip, who are not included in the QC sponsorship, are also beneficiaries of the projects.
Qatar Charity has provided needy people in the Gaza Strip and Somalia with many types of the income-generating projects, which include fishing boats, poultry, farms, shops, dairy cattle, goats, transport vehicles, sewing machines, embroidery machines, motorcycles and mobile selling carts.
Director of Qatar Charity Office in Somalia Abdel Nour Mirsal said that during last year, QC implemented 724 income-generating projects benefiting 61,847 people in order to contribute to economic development, to revive the spirit of earning in poor and needy families and to promote livelihoods and self-sufficiency.
He added that the economic empowerment projects would contribute to reduction of the high unemployment rate, which reaches 67 percent among the young groups, representing 70 percent of the population of Somalia, where creation of more jobs are highly required in line with the field needs in Somalia.
He pointed out that Qatar Charity provides material assistance to poor families and focuses on income-generating projects by giving means of productions, such as sewing machines, mills, sesame machines, fishing boats, transport vehicles, irrigation generators and shops.